MSAWAWA PAYS HIS RESPECTS THROUGH MUSIC
By: Mnqobi Gift Dludla
Msawawa received a standing ovation on his performance, bidding farewell to musical colleague Sbusiso “R-Mashesha” Khomo this Saturday.
South African artists and supporters gathered at King Zwelithini Stadium to bid farewell to who they called a lyrical genius, who was also the third member of Durban based kwaito group Big-Nuz.
The “Bhibo” hit maker stood out and was well received by the crowd when he showed off the dance moves that made him famous in the early 2000’s.
Msawawa regards his stage act as paying respect to his musical peer, one especially from the township.
“Likewise with gangsters who spin cars and shoot in the air at funerals, we musicians and dancers use music and dance to bid farewell to our colleagues,” he said.
In a matter of minutes the video, originally uploaded by Eyadini Twitter page, went viral with some users expressing mixed emotions and questioning the event.
Buyani Mlambo, who was amongst the spectators at King Zwelithini, reckons the artist’s performance does fit the occasion since Khomo made dance music for his fans.
“This is a fitting send off for a “pansula” (slang word that defines a highly energetic dancer from the black townships) who made South Africa dance,” he said.
Another spectator, Siyabonga Mngoma, felt this was unacceptable and this was not the platform for such behaviour.
“This is a funeral and not a party I find it very disrespectful,” he said.